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Berenberg analysts: two views on Amazon Premier League bid

Amazon is likely to win at least one package of English Premier League rights in the auction that opens on February 8, according to media analysts at Berenberg. Berenberg’s telecom analyst team, by contrast, believe that Amazon is unlikely to make a strong bid and that Sky and BT will remain the rights-holders but will […]

Sky selects Jaunt to power VR app

Sky’s VR Studio has selected Jaunt’s XR Platform to deliver virtual reality content to consumers via the Sky VR app. The move marks the Sky as the first media company to adopt the Jaunt XR Platform – a white label immersive content distribution solution targeted at media companies, brands and content aggregators. Sky first launched […]

BT strikes deal with Sky for Now TV and sports

BT has agreed a deal to sell Sky’s low-cost OTT TV service Now TV to BT TV customers. Sky will make the full Now TV service, which includes content such as Sky Sports, Sky Cinema and the Sky Atlantic channel, available via BT TV set-tops. BT will be able to sell Now TV subscriptions direct […]

Mouse catches Fox: how Disney-Fox might look

While AT&T’s US$85 billion acquisition of Time Warner is the biggest media deal in purely numerical terms (if it gets done), The Walt Disney Company picking off rival 21st Century Fox marks a seminal moment in TV and film history. The deal, which the companies believe will close in 12 to 18 months, knocks off one […]

Soccer’s biggest battle

Mike Darcey assesses how vulnerable Sky is to a bid for Premier League rights from one of the tech giants The triennial Premier League bidding season approaches. Since around 2006, it has been traditional at this time for stories to emerge that a scary, cash-rich bidder might swoop and take the rights from Sky. Sometimes, […]

Cinemax copro among new Sky originals

UK pay TV service Sky is working up a London-set gangster thriller as a coproduction with US premium network Cinemax. Gangs of London (WT) is one of a number of new shows Sky unveiled at an event in the UK last night, with the others including the Lenny James-penned Save Me and Benedict Cumberbatch-fronted Patrick […]

Sky rubbishes BBC’s ‘bizarre’ SVOD concerns

Sky’s content chief, Gary Davey, has slammed the BBC’s “bizarre” concerns over the arrival of SVOD players Netflix and Amazon in the UK market. Sky Content managing director Davey said, “the golden age of television is just getting started”, and considered the entrance of on-demand players an example of giving “customers more choice” and writers, […]

Murdoch ‘expects Sky deal approval’ in first half of next year

21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch has said he expects the company’s acquisition of Sky to be approved by the UK competition watchdog in the first half of next year, despite the sexual harassment scandal that has engulfed Fox News and other concerns. Murdoch reportedly made the remarks while appearing at the invitation-only Paley International […]

Sky Cinema launches new pop-up service for Halloween

Sky’s movie unit Sky Cinema has unveiled the latest in its line of pop-up channels around specific annual events – the Halloween Channel. Sky Cinema Halloween, available from October 23-31 on Sky channel 303, will screen Halloween and horror-themed movies, including John Carpenter’s Halloween on Sky Cinema for the very first time, as well as […]

Sky Kids app gets new games section

Sky has added a host of games to its Sky Kids app, including titles featuring popular characters like SpongeBob, Peppa Pig, Ben 10 and Bubble Guppies. Sky said that new games are also on the way from The Amazing World of Gumball, Scooby-Doo, Adventure Time and its own Sky Kids Art Studio. “Children and parents […]

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